So the Jaden Philogene deal has been talked about again and I thought it might make a decent topic for conversation which can help take our minds off the borefest that was the international break.
As if anyone didn’t know, we sold him to Hull for £5 million and have first shout to buy him back if Hull end up in the same league as us. No doubt the assumption is that they get promoted to the Prem but I’d guess that also includes us being relegated too. Not that that’s going to happen is it?
Anyway, that first shout is at £15 million if we’re unopposed. Otherwise, we have to match any other club’s offer.
I’ve had a think about this and listed the pros and cons as I see them below. I’d appreciate your views on this, because I have seen comments where some fans are totally against this kind of deal;
1. We’re not paying to keep a player on the bench.
2. We get money for him, so it’s not just the wages we’re saving.
3 The player gets to play footy at a decent level.
4 The other club improve him for us (or not) and if he improves we get him at the agreed fee or first shout at the market fee (less what we got for him in the first place, in effect).
5. If he proves to be good, he’ll have helped the club improve.
6. It’s good for FFP.
7. He’s cost us very little, so it helps to pay for the Academy.
8. We may possibly be doing a smaller club a favour.
1. We may have to pay a fortune to get him back if he proves to be really good, but that’s only what normally happens anyway, so even then we haven’t really lost out.
2. There is a small chance that we lose “one of our own” (assuming that means he came though the Academy? He was born in Hammersmith, so not likely to be a Villa fan).
3. The only way we could see if he comes really good or not is to continue to play him, where he might prove to be a liability and actually lose value.
So 8 plus points and 3 negatives.
It’s just a no-brainer and the future imo.